Thursday, September 1, 2016

Yes, things are bigger in Texas. Take Waco, for instance, with its mammoths, college, Lone Ranger

Kristen Petree demonstrates the girth of the Columbia Mammoth.
     They say everything is bigger in Texas. How true is that? On a recent trip to several cities in Texas, we found out that their bragging may be right on. 
     For instance, just in Waco...
     Baylor University in Waco is the largest Baptist college in the world. We were told that one of its buildings, the Baylor Sciences Building, is the largest collegiate building as well. The building houses multiple research and service facilities, six academic departments — such as physics and chemistry — and more than a dozen interdisciplinary centers, according to the college website. There's more than 150 labs and almost 40 class and conference rooms inside those walls.
     Just outside the city limits is the Waco Mammoth National Monument where evidence of Columbian Mammoths once lived. You can view these fossils that lived during the Pleistocene Epoch, about 2.5 million years to 10,000 years ago, along with other giant animals. The Columbian Mammoth may not be the biggest animal that once roamed the earth but it's pretty darn big, clocking in at 14 feet high, about four feet higher than a wooly mammoth. The park, by the way, is the latest to join the National Park Service and the 14th unit in Texas.
     Waco has another largest, the biggest Lone Ranger memorabilia collection in the United States at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.
     And that's just Waco. We'll post more about Texas in future blogs.

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